The Pacific coast is relatively untapped by larger cruise companies, most of whom combine it with their Alaska itineraries. Local operators such as the Baileys based in Friday Harbor offer a more intimate view. Their 12-passenger Pacific Catalyst immerses you in Washington’s San Juan Islands. InnerSea’s Safari Quest offers an option for 22 guests to take high tea in Victoria, British Columbia, tiptoe through the Harmony Island tidal pools, orca watch off Jedediah Island, and island hop in the San Juans.
Pictured: Orca on watch in the cold Pacific Northwest waters.